Music

From early classical to pop and beyond. My tastes are eclectic, to say the least…

Photography

I’m an occasional shutterbug, having had a very decent 35mm film camera for years, and I’m just starting to get into this digital malarkey.

Performing Arts

I’m a stick-in-the-mud fan of the good old fashioned well-made play.

Cinema and Television Drama

Television seems to be becoming our main source of  quality drama, and the Brits and the Americans still lead the world in this (although local shows like Secret Life of Us have shown that it is possible here too). Favourites include anything by Stephen Poliakoff, Queer as Folk (indeed anything by Russell T Davies), Six Feet Under,  The West Wing and Shameless.

Travel 

I don’t get to do enough of it, but get away whenever I can. I love writing detailed journals, and naturally taking photographs while traveling. Favourite destinations are in South East Asia.  I’m gradually adding journals and photographs from my various travel adventures to my other site, The Connected Explorer, so feel free to check it out.

More travelogues will appear as time and travel permit.

Bushwalking

Something else that I don’t get to do nearly enough of, although living in Hobart it is an easy matter to take off and be walking on Mount Wellington in a matter of minutes, which I do whenever I can.

 

Food and cooking

I’m an enthusiastic amateur cook and grow my own fresh herbs and some fruit and vegetables. I have a great group of friends with a similar passion and we regularly try out new recipes and menu combinations on each other at themed dinners. You can see our past menus and keep in touch at The Company of Friendly Cooks.

Gardening

I have a smallish but (I think) quite wonderful garden in an older suburb of Hobart, with a fantastic walnut tree in the back yard (any walnut recipes most welcome!)

Visual Art 

While no expert, I do take an interest in contemporary art and art history.

Media and technology

From Australia’s very worrying concentration of media ownership, the need for a strong and independent ABC, the potential impact of the US Free Trade Agreement on screen culture, to a general passion for ABC Radio National, and a fascination with the burgeoning technology of new media. I love it.